Sunday, July 6, 2014

Beartooth Mountains

We spent our last day at Vedauwoo being chewed up and spit out by some good old off-width cracks, but Kristal still had enough energy at the end of the day to dance up a nice unnamed V6 slab problem.

After that we made a much needed stop at one of our favourite small towns in the middle of Wyoming, Thermopolis, to enjoy a soak in the free hot springs.  While there, a fellow traveler told us about some Native American petroglyphs just up the road at a place called Legend Rock.

Next up we decided to check out the Beartooth Mountains in southern Montana.

We spent a couple of days hiking and climbing in the beautiful East Rosebud Lake area.

We climbed the popular moderate route The Ramp, which climbs the left side of the 800 foot buttress in the photo below.  It's mostly low angle 5.6ish climbing with a few great 5.8 and 5.9 sections.

On our way north from there we happened to be driving on July 4th, and as we were coming into the small town of Roundup, Montana we found that our route was blocked by their Independence Day parade!  We eventually ran out of side roads to drive around and ended up having to watch the parade.  It actually turned out to be pretty entertaining, especially when they started throwing candy and Mr. Freeze's at us (a welcome relief from the 34 degree Celsius temps).

After the parade was over we had enough candy to last us through the endless prairie.

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